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Multi-million-pound investment programme will begin in Needham Market this month




A multi-million pound investment programme will begin in Needham Market this month with new homes and community facilities.

Work to construct more than 130 new homes for the town is due to start at the council’s former headquarters on the High Street.

It is the first project by Mid Suffolk Growth, a joint venture between Mid Suffolk District Council and Norse Group, to develop council-owned land and provide housing.

An artist's impression of the Chambers Green development. Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council
An artist's impression of the Chambers Green development. Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council

This first phase of 32 homes will be named Chambers Green as a reference to the former use of the site, which closed in 2017.

Located on the former Hurstlea Road car park, it will see a combination of two and three bedroom detached and semi-detached homes, as well as one and two bedroom apartments and a retail unit.

Ten of the homes will be affordable housing.

The listed building that formed part of Mid Suffolk District Council’s headquarters will also remain part of Chambers Green and converted back to residential use, keeping its historic features.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth
Mid Suffolk District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth

The former bowling green will be retained as open space for the community with a woodland walk and benches near the existing duck pond.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth said: “There is a significant demand for homes and Chambers Green will offer the community good quality homes in the heart of the town. This is just the start of our investment in our vision for the town’s future.”

The second phase of the development will provide a further 60 homes, while later this year, several other projects include development at the former Needham Market Middle School site, a new visitor centre at Needham Lake and a new pedestrian access to open up the town to tourists.

The Chambers Green development. Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council
The Chambers Green development. Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council

Green Party councillor John Matthissen, shadow portfolio holder for economy, hopes the town plans will see its full range of aspects connected to its historic core, including the Chalk Pits development and Lion Barn area.

Councillor Paul Ekpenyong, chair of Mid Suffolk Growth said: “I am pleased to see the development at Needham Market start to take shape. Our investment in this project, will help us realise our ambition of delivering homes for our local communities and support the economy in Mid Suffolk.”


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